Criminological Theories And The Criminal Behavior

2650 Words Jun 4th, 2015 11 Pages
A number of criminological theories have been developed throughout the course of time for the purposes of attempting to understand and pinpoint what motivates individuals to demonstrate criminal behaviors by engaging in criminal acts. The focus of this work will be to apply theories of crime to the offense of burglary. Three criminological theories will be identified, discussed, and then related to the criminal behavior of burglary. The associations between the theories and the criminal behavior will be clearly explained. Additionally, the reliability and validity of each theory will be assessed. Lastly, this writer will offer an opinion as to which theory best explains a burglar’s behavior. This estimation will be supported by one practical example and relevant factors that are described in the most applicable theory.
Prior to relating specific criminological theories to any type of criminal behavior, the offense, reasons, and routines most commonly coupled with the criminal behavior should be understood. The crime of burglary is routinely defined as the unauthorized entry into a private residence or other structure with the intention of committing a crime, generally a theft (FBI, n.d.). The most prevalent reasons for committing burglary are centered on economic factors, social dynamics, and the suitability of the target (Wright & Decker, 2011). According to Blevins, Kuhns and Lee, (2012), burglars are disproportionately comprised of young males whom are…
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